According to official statistics, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe – Communists ruled for a long time after the collapse of the USSR and the country stagnated during their rule. Despite limited economic growth, the plight of the inhabitants has not improved much. Thus far, not even the pro-European government that was elected in 2009 has been able to draw Moldova out of its unstable economic situation compounded by rampant corruption. According to estimates, over five hundred thousand of the entire four million inhabitants have gone abroad in search of work. The money that they send home to their families exceeds developmental aid from abroad and makes up 40% of the country’s entire GDP.
In particular the poor economic situation of the country, dysfunctional infrastructure, poverty, migration and the Moldova - Transnistria conflict are the most serious problems of today’s Moldova.
People in Need has been working in Moldova since 2003. Until 2009, our activities were aimed primarily at passing on experience in transformation gained in the Czech Republic to the representatives of local self-governments; since 2010, the focus has been on the development of civil society and support of local initiative groups.
Furthermore, People in Need focuses on projects in the area of agriculture. It trains farmers in various fields, such as ecological agriculture techniques, but also in marketing and entrepreneurship to afford them the chance to succeed with their products both in domestic and foreign markets.